No matter where you are driving in New England, you should take every precaution to keep you and your passengers safe. Serious accidents happen every day throughout the region, but accidents are reported on some roads more frequently than on others.
Interstate 95 – one of the nation’s busiest and deadliest freeways – crosses Connecticut from the New York state line to the Rhode Island border. With almost 112 miles in Connecticut, I-95 is the site of many serious crashes, some of which are fatal.
WTNH News 8 reported that Connecticut’s stretch of I-95 ranked 19th among the nation’s most dangerous highways for both fatal crashes and total number of accidents. I-95 in Connecticut averages 15 fatal accidents per year, according to the report.
- Merritt Parkway in New Haven – 561 crashes
- Route 17 in Middletown – 372 crashes
- Route 44 in Hartford – 129 crashes
- I-95 in Pawtucket – 191 crashes
- I-95 in Providence – 296 crashes
- U.S. Post Road SB and Kings Factory Road to R.I. 216 in Charlestown – 51 crashes
- Mystic Avenue and Fellsway in Somerville – 91 crashes
- Revere Beach Parkway and Washington Avenue in Chelsea – 39 crashes
- Canton Street and School Street in Stoughton – 51 crashes
- U.S. 7 and U.S. 4 in Rutland City – 40 crashes
- U.S. 7, E. Canal Street and W. Allen Street, VT 15, W. Center Street in Winooski City – 103 crashes
- Colchester Avenue and Barrett Street in Burlington – 20 crashes
- Beech Street and Cilley Road in Manchester – 20 crashes
- Main Street and Hollis Street in Nashua – 25 crashes
- Loudon Road and Fort Eddy Road in Concord – 29 crashes
- Portland Road, Willis Park Road, Sandy Creek Road in Bridgton – 20 crashes
- Broadway, Hobart Street, Burleigh Road, Griffin Road in Bangor – 33 crashes
- Old Greene Road and Randall Road, Sabattus Street in Lewiston – 33 crashes
The data focus on a three-year period leading up to 2014, according to the GoLocalProv article.
If you are hurt in a car accident on these or any other road in New England, Wocl Leydon LLC can help you pursue financial compensation for your losses. Learn more about what we can do for you by calling us today or filling out an online contact form.
Causes of Crashes on Dangerous Roads
The following are some of the top causes of crashes on dangerous roads in New England:
- Aggressive driving – Drivers speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, ignoring the right-of-way, failing to yield, running red lights, and other dangerous behaviors can cause serious accidents.
- Drowsy driving – If a driver is tired or falls asleep at the wheel, they may lose control of their vehicle and veer out of their lane or off the road.
- Poor road conditions – Poorly maintained roads, inadequate lighting, damaged guardrails, malfunctioning traffic signals, and more can all lead to accidents.
- Work zones – Construction zones often require drivers to slow down, merge into a single lane, and pay attention to road signs that are not usually there. If a driver fails to respect the work zone, it can be dangerous for both the workers on the ground and other drivers.
- Weather conditions – New England is prone to fog, ice and snow in the winter, as well as rain and wind year-round. Drivers who fail to take weather conditions into account can cause serious accidents.
- Distracted driving – Any activity that takes your attention off the road is considered distracted driving, including texting, talking on the phone or to passengers, changing the radio, changing dashboard controls, eating, drinking, monitoring children or pets, applying makeup, and more. Distracted drivers may veer from their lane or fail to stop in an emergency.
If you are involved in an accident caused by another person who takes any of these negligent actions, you may be able to hold them financially accountable for your injuries and costs.
Safe Driving Tips When Traveling Through New England
When driving through New England, follow these safety tips:
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Avoid distractions.
- Never drive while intoxicated or after taking prescription or illegal drugs that affect your ability to drive.
- Obey all traffic laws, signs, and signals.
- Adjust your driving based on the weather.
- Properly restrain children and pets.
- Move over for emergency vehicles.
- Call 911 if you are involved in or witness an accident.
The most important thing is to remain focused on the road so that you can promptly react to anything that occurs.
How Wocl Leydon Can Help
If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Connecticut, Wocl Leydon LLC may be able to help you recover financial compensation for your injuries and expenses. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our past clients in Connecticut. We want to put our experience to work for you.
To learn more about how we can help you after an accident in Connecticut, call us or contact us online today to schedule a free case evaluation.